Can Tho culls infected chicken for fear of bird flu outbreaks

For fears of a bird flu outbreak gripped the Mekong delta City of Can Tho after a flock of 1,500 chicken were tested positive of H5N1 virus, all infected chickens have been culled, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced yesterday.

The agriculture authority was determined to apply preventative measures against the disease.
Before, an outbreak of bird flu was reported in a households farm in Binh Thuy District on July 27. Local authority took samples for testing and test results have shown that  the flock were positive for the H5N1 virus.
Quickly, the authority destroyed the flock and sprayed chemicals the infected farms and neighboring areas to prevent spreading within a kilometer of the farm.
Deputy Head of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Pham Truong Yen said that local administrations are enhancing supervision on slaughtering, trading and transporting poultry in the province.
Moreover, farmers were warned to inform administrations about outbreaks of bird flu soon.
Can Tho City People’s Committee sent its document to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development asking to coordinating with relevant agencies to vaccinate poultry and disinfested “hot spots” for bird flu.

BY TUAN QUANG - Translated by UYEN PHUONG

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